If you have any questions about the event please contact Ben Lund-Conlon.

E: b.lund-conlon@ucl.ac.uk
T: 020 3108 8277

Year 12 Masterclasses

In the spring and summer terms UCL hosts a range of subject-specific masterclasses.

Masterclasses offer you a taste of learning at university, and are designed to help you decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

The masterclasses themselves are entertaining, hands-on sessions run by UCL academics and PhD students. You will get the chance to look around UCL, and you’ll meet current UCL students and other young people from across London.

April 2017 Masterclasses


Disney, Deceit & Dressing Up

Sally Dennehy

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 3-6pm

In this masterclass we will explore how children's stories influence expectations, attempting to understand how cultural studies can enable choice. By improving students' abilities to break down symbolic representation and to create symbolic representation this session will show how Anthropology encourages students to question and challenge the world around them.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Anthropology
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Any social or historical science


DNA: its function and importance

Dr Chris Taylorson

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 3-6pm

This Masterclass involves using everyday kitchen materials to extract DNA from human cells. We will be using mouth cells, obtained by mouth-washing with a saline solution. Participants will provide their own cells and extract their own DNA using materials such as washing up liquid, pineapple juice, salt and a small quantity of alcohol. The technique works really well, is fun and very instructive. The session will start with a short talk about the cell and deoxyribonucleic acid, its function and importance. The extraction procedure is explained in terms of what the materials used are actually doing to the contents of the mouth cells used and gives real insight into cell structure and function. The second part of the session will involve the participants trying to extract their own mouth cell DNA. The aim of the experiment, which is visually quite exciting, is to produce DNA which can be spooled from the extraction medium onto toothpicks.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology or Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Psychology & Language Sciences

How do children learn language?

Dr Caroline Newton

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 3-6pm

Are the origins of language innate in the human infant, or is the process of language development driven by external factors like mother’s speech? This Nature vs. Nurture debate has fascinated philosophers and scientists for thousands of years. In this masterclass we will encourage you to explore the language learning process for yourself, and see where you stand on the Nature/Nurture debate.

Suitable for students who are interested in studying:

  • Human Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology & Language Science

Summer 2017 Masterclasses

Details of the summer series of masterclasses will be announced after Easter. Please check back at this page for further details.


Our events and activities are funded by UCL's Access Agreement and Widening Participation funds. As such, there are eligibility criteria that all applicants should consider before applying:


To apply for one of the above masterclasses please complete the online form via the link below.

Please note, as part of your application you will be required to submit a short statement (max. 250 words) outlining why you would like to attend this masterclass. You may find it easier to write this in advance and copy and paste your answer into the relevant box when you get to it.

You will also need to provide the name and email address of one of your teachers. We may contact them to provide a reference for you, so please ensure you have their permission in advance.

Finally, we require some information about your parent(s)/carer(s). Please ensure they are with you when you complete your application.

To apply please complete this online application form.